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AXEL Ulite - i.MX6UL

Processor: NXP/Freescale i.MX6 UL / i.MX6 ULL

AXEL ULite is the brand new solution made by DAVE Embedded Systems, based on the recent NXP/Freescale i.MX6 Ultra Lite application processor. AXEL ULite defines a new limit in low power consumption with its ARM Cortex A7 architecture and enables customers to design a new concept of Embedded IoT devices.

AXEL ULite offers great compromise between computing and power consumption, thanks to the ARM Cortex-A7 architecture. Additionally, the use of this processor enables extensive system-level differentiation of new applications in many industry fields, where power consumption, connectivity and extremely compact form factor (67,50 mm x around 25,40 mm) are key factors. The advanced security features and the three different CPU versions available (Base, General Purpose and Security) offer a wide scenario of applications. Smarter system designs are made possible, following the trends in functionalities and interfaces of the new, state-of-the-art embedded products.

  • ULTRA LOW POWER thanks to ARM Cortex A7 MPCore@528 MHz
  • pin to pin compatibility with AXEL LITE SOM based on i.MX6
  • i.MX6 software full compatibility
  • High flexibility with up to 4 different scalable CPU versions (Base, General Purpose, Security)
  • Advanced security thanks to TRNG, Crypto Engine, etc.
  • Embedded IoT, connectivity version with "blind CPU"
  • Boot from NOR for safe applications
  • up to 2 x Ethernet 10/100 Mbps with integrated switch
  • Single 3V3 Power Supply with very low power stand by

AXEL ULite is fully compatible with AXEL LITE SOM (Based on NXP i.MX6). This means that customers are enabled to build a wide portfolio of products with very different performance / power consumption and cost budgets. This is in line with DAVE Embedded Systems philosophy to support customers along with their business providing new solutions which can enlarge their gamma of products re-using as much as possible the existing HW and SW platforms.

Thanks to AXEL ULite, customers have the chance to save time and resources using a compact solution that permits to reach scalable performances that perfectly fits the application requirements avoiding complexities on the carrier board. Last but not least, AXEL ULite is suitable for high volume applications where the price/quality ratio is important such as the embedded Internet Of Things, portable solutions, gateways, solar applications.


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Technical Information

ARM Cortex A7 MPCore @ 528 MHz
Base (-0), General Purpose (-1, -2), Security (-3)

On-board power supply supervision
and power sequencer

Watchdog and RTC

Cache L1: 32Kbyte instruction, 32Kbyte data
L2: Unified data/instruction, 128 K
  • SDRAM: Up to 512 DDR3-LV, x16 data bus width
  • NOR: SPI NOR 4 - 32 MB on request
  • NAND SLC: All sizes, on request. 
Interfaces  (full-spec models)
  • LAN: Ethernet 10/100 Mbps (PHY on board) additional MII/RMII interface
  • UART: up to 8x UART ports
  • USB: up to 2x 2.0 OTG port (PHY on board)
  • CAN: up to 2x CAN
  • SDIO: up to 2x SDIO/MMC 
  • Audio: I²S / SSI / S / PDIF
  • Video Output: 1x RGB Parallel port 24 bit 
  • Video Input: 1x CSI port 16 bit parallel
  • Debug: JTAG IEEE 1149.1 Test Access Port 
  • Other:
    • up to 4x I2C channels
    • up to 4x SPI channels
    • GPIOs with interrupt capabilities
    • up to 2x 8ch ADC (12bit)
    • 8x8 keypad
  • Connectors: SODIMM 204 pin
  • Size: 67.50mm x 25.40mm 
  • Temperature range:
    • Commercial (0°C / +70°C) temperature range
    • Industrial (-40°C / +85°C) temperature range
Power Supply
Single 3.3V +/- 5%, on-board voltage regulation 


Technical details

Operating Systems

DAVE Embedded Software Kit Linux (DESK-MX6-L in short - read more info about the naming) - provides all the necessary components required to set up the developing environment to:

  • build the bootloader (U-Boot)
  • build the Linux operating system
  • build Linux applications that will run on the target
  • build the Yocto BSP

The Embedded Software kit is composed by:

  • VirtualBox virtual machine containing
    • toolchain and SDK
    • U-Boot bootloader sources
    • Linux kernel sources
    • Root file system images
  • git repositories access for registered users allowing the update of the following repo
    • u-boot
    • linux
    • Yocto BSP
  • SD card with the complete environment for
    • the DVDK OVA file (i.e. the Virtual Machine file to be imported into VirtualBox application)
    • a complete Kit bootstrap and demonstration (with u-boot, kernel and root file systems binaries already configured)
Genereral Information


Evaluation kits

The official evaluation kit for AXEL ULite SOM. This solution includes a SOM and all necessary for the fast and easy evaluation

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Product Lifecycle Management & Roadmap

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